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July 8, 2018

The idea that the basic act of living is just as important and fulfilling as success or fame or respect is mind-blowing to most of us. We are so conditioned to want to achieve things and to make a name for ourselves that we often feel like failures if we aren’t recogni...

May 21, 2018

Our form now being no-form, in going and returning we never leave home. Our thought now being no-thought, our dancing and songs are the voice of the Dharma. How vast is the heaven of boundless samadhi! How bright and transparent the moonlight of wisdom! What is there o...

April 9, 2018

A couple of days ago I was on a solo-hike in the mountains and was trying to remain completely present with my experience. I was actively following my breath and feeling the shifting terrain through the soles of my boots. I was moving at a gentle pace so to, more delib...

January 25, 2018

Its almost like meditation is allowing me to wipe clean the dust-covered layers of my normal perception. The more thoroughly I sink into the vastness of Zazen, the clearer my vision becomes. The more I let go of my ideas and conditioning about what is possible or what...

January 19, 2018

 These are the journal entries I made before and after my first Zen Sesshin (retreat) back in April 2017. I had been regularly meditating for a number of years before this Sesshin and had attended a couple of other meditation retreats and workshops in the past but thi...

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